Down Home Eats: 5 Little Rock Dining Icons You Can't Miss
Arkansas’ food scene has been blessed by these long-standing, beloved dining destinations. From home-grown catfish at Lassis Inn to mouth-watering steak at Doe’s Eat Place, these five restaurants have made a name for themselves over their many years in business. No matter which restaurant(s) you choose to try, these treasured favorites are sure exceed expectations.
1. Doe’s Eat Place – Try the Tamales
Doe’s, a former hangout of President Bill Clinton and his staffers, is an unassuming steakhouse located in the heart of downtown. The no-frills eatery is famous for their perfectly cooked Porterhouse and housemade hot tamales served with chili on the side.
2. Franke’s – Pie Heaven
Don’t be surprised if most diners are on a first-name basis at Franke’s. The cafeteria-style eatery has been a mainstay on the Little Rock food scene, known for their variety of Southern favorites.
3. The Oyster Bar - Best Gumbo
The Oyster Bar has become a Little Rock establishment after being open for over 40 years. Some of the menu favorites include the legendary shrimp gumbo and their signature Cat-touffee. Pro tip: Remember to bring a few quarters for the retro jukebox!
4. Sims Bar-B-Que – Barbecue Legend
Allen and Amelia Sims opened the original Sims in 1937. Since then, the barbecue joint has made a name for itself for their spectacular ribs and world famous Sims Bar-B-Que sauce. Be sure to grab a bottle for keeps.
5. Lassis Inn – Famous for Catfish
A recent inductee to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, this little blue building has been serving up some of the state’s best catfish since 1905. Crowd favorites include the Big Bone Buffalo plate and the catfish filets.